tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC May 3, 2011 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
tonight on a special edition of "world news," amazing new details of osama bin laden's daily life. and that dangerous mission which brought him down. secret life. abc news takes you inside the terror compound. what did the documents there say about his plans, his allies? we even push into that footage to read the names of those medicines on his medicine shelf. death photos. will the white house release pictures of bin laden's death? could it incite more terrorism? bin laden's wives. for the first time, we see his youngest wife, with him, shot in the leg when the navy s.e.a.l.s moved in. and, supermen. who are those highly trained men who took down bin laden in under an hour? how they even train underwater, hands tied behind their backs.
good evening. they are riveting and revealing and all day long we have been learning new secrets as they pour in, about how osama bin laden lived and died. two days after the most wanted man in the world was killed, new information is emerging about how the mission unfolded moment by moment, and how he lived, room by room, in that compound. our full team is once again covering every part of this story, and we begin tonight with nick schifrin in pakistan. he was the first to obtain the video inside the compound and tonight tells us what he has now learned by going frame by frame. >> reporter: when you take a very close look at the video, it offers tantalizing hints about how the world's most wanted man lived. look at this medicine shelf -- most likely in bin laden's own room.
we froze it and enhanced it. that's petroleum jelly on the left. eye drops right next to it. this one, an antiseptic cream for cuts. and the blue box? we couldn't read the writing, so we went to a local pharmacist. and showed him the image. do you have one of these? >> yes, we have. >> reporter: he pulled out the exact same blue box. what is this? >> nasal spray. >> reporter: nasal spray? >> yeah. >> reporter: it is only a quick glimpse of one part of the house. but there appear to be no serious medicines, despite years of rumors about bin laden's poor health. outside the house, we found evidence of what the bin ladens ate. two cans of imported olive oil, two cans of local sunflower oil. and in the pantry, it's hard to see but brightening the video reveals enough food to sustain a family for weeks, including dozens of eggs. bin laden never had to leave, always protected by 15-foot high walls.
outside those walls today, the compound became a tourist attraction. hundreds of kids came out. some found remnants of the u.s. helicopter that was left behind and scuttled. with these fields to my left, you really get a sense of how imposing this boundary wall is, which is much higher than any of the walls around it. these people around this neighborhood have an anecdote that whenever the children were playing with balls and when one of the balls went over one of these walls, it was never returned. sometimes the kids were paid money and told to go away. even though this wall outside is quite short, you can see the house itself is protected by a large boundary wall with razor wire. but in the end, those walls here in the city failed to contain their secret -- that the world's most wanted man was living inside. diane? >> nick schifrin reporting tonight from pakistan. and we learned today back here at home of a debate inside the white house.
since some of the u.s. enemies like the taliban are saying bin laden is not really dead, should the white house release photos of his body? or would those photos inflame opponents even more? jake tapper is at the white house for us tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, the obama administration has photographs of bin laden's corpse, taken in pakistan, afghanistan and on the deck of that aircraft carrier. the director of the cia says he thinks the photographs will be released, but the president and others are concerned about inflaming passions, causing more injuries and murders of innocent civilians. u.s. officials who have seen the photographs of osama bin laden's corpse describe them as bloody with a massive gunshot wound to his forehead. >> it's fair to say it's a gruesome photograph. >> reporter: that could be inflammatory? that's the sensitivity you're -- >> it is certainly possible, and this is an issue that we are taking into consideration, is that it could be inflammatory. >> reporter: and yet white house officials are also grappling with the need to provide proof
in an increasingly skeptical and conspiratorial world. as some on capitol hill are suggesting. >> the photos have to be released, most definitely, to make sure we get rid of any conspiracy theorists that think that we didn't take care of bin laden. >> reporter: bin laden is a much more iconic figure than saddam hussein's sons. but in july 2003, then defense secretary donald rumsfeld said his decision to release photographs of the corpses of the two sons was not a hard call. >> they are now dead. we know that. the iraqi people have been waiting for confirmation of that, and they, in my view, deserved having confirmation of that. >> reporter: abc news learned more today about what president obama was able to see of the navy s.e.a.l.s operation on sunday, in real time. experts say on the screen were likely night vision images from a surveillance plane, with explosions and s.e.a.l.s moving around outside, as audio communications came in from the command structure. this photograph so vividly capturing the tension on
secretary of state hillary clinton's face, as vice president biden, out of sight by the camera, clutches his rosary ring, which looks like this one. former white house chief of staff andy card has gone through similar experiences. >> you can't yell out instructions or can't say, "watch out" or "there's something in behind you." it's not like anything you've watched before, because you don't know how it's going to turn out. >> reporter: and diane, the president and his top aides were not able to watch any real-time action being shot by the navy s.e.a.l.s themselves. in fact, during 20 or 25 minutes, they didn't know what was going on because the s.e.a.l.s were inside the compound and that was said to be very nerve wracking. diane? >> as you said, that expression on secretary clinton's face said it all, jake. and jake has told us it was the phrase geronimo-e kia told the president bin laden was dead, a kind of mission accomplished. e kia, enemy killed in action. and all day long, martha raddatz has been gathering details on the 40 minutes that
changed history, and tells us some of those key moments are different than we first thought. >> reporter: the operation was called "neptune spear." the mission, to capture or kill bin laden. but we learned today that the mission didn't quite go down as initially described. as the 25-man assault team landed in stealth configured helicopters and spread throughout the darkened compound, gun fire quickly erupted and was sustained through the 40-minute operation. even as the s.e.a.l.s climbed the stairs to the third floor. but when they came to face with bin laden? we learned for the first time today that the resistance that the white house had said bin laden put up did not include a weapon. >> he was not armed is what i understand to be true. >> reporter: officials said today, the resistance came from bin laden's wife. first, they said, she had been used as a human shield. today, they said, she made a threatening move. she was not armed, either, but was shot in the leg.
bin laden was hit above the left eye and through the chest. >> the authority here was to kill bin laden, and obviously under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn't appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. but they had full authority to kill him. >> reporter: weapon or not, the s.e.a.l.s in that split second had no way of knowing whether bin laden was wearing a suicide vest or whether the room was booby trapped. the s.e.a.l.s always plan for the worst-case scenario. and tonight, the computer drives and dvds the s.e.a.l.s were able to grab from the compound are being described as a mother lode of information. the material was flown to washington, where copies were sent to the cia and fbi. a copy was left in afghanistan, as well. analysts are combing through all of it, though, it is all, of course, in arabic, so it could take time. and sources familiar with the
government's investigation tell abc news that investigators are also looking into the two owners of the compound, who were in the money-changing business, in the hopes it may lead them to sources of al qaeda's financing. diane? >> financing could be one of the explosive things we learn. thank you, martha. and in a minute, by the way, we're going to tell you more about the secretive world of the navy s.e.a.l.s, that elite team 6. but first, you heard martha mention osama bin laden's wife. another clue from the exclusive video. in it you can see the passport of a young woman from yemen. it is bin laden's much younger fourth wife, and brian ross is here tonight on what we have learned about the woman at bin laden's side when the navy s.e.a.l.s struck. >> reporter: bin laden's family occupied the second and third floor of this sprawling hideout in pakistan, where one of his sons was kill aed and his wife injured in sunday's raid. his wife was the youngest of his five. a 29-year-old.
identified by u.s. authorities as the woman pictured in this yemeni passport that a pakistani tv station said was found in the compound after the raid. she was in the bedroom with bin laden when the navy s.e.a.l.s closed in. >> bin laden's wife rushed the u.s. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. >> reporter: bin laden married the woman at the age of 15. she was a gift to him from a yemeni family. >> she was a very young woman, by the account of the bodyguard who brought her to meet bin laden from the tribal family that had presented her to bin laden for marriage. >> reporter: over the years, bin laden had at least 11 children with his wives. >> he married very young, a cousin from syria, first, then a couple of very well-educated women from saudi arabia. >> reporter: there are no known photographs of the other wives, and his former sister-in-law carmen bin laden told diane sawyer that bin laden did not like women to talk to him. >> my brother-in-law was standing at the stairs of the plane.
he came i and i said, "hi," and he looked at me and said, "don't talk." >> reporter: but the time bin laden moved to his mansion in abbottabad, he was left with only one wife. he had divorced one of his wives to marry her and three others moved to syria. the injury to her leg is not considered serious, and u.s. officials say she is now in pakistani custody, diane. >> brian, thank you. and there is a question being asked around the country tonight, does intelligence now show that the risk of retaliation is rising? and what new measures are being taken to keep the u.s. safe? jim avila spent the day talking to the experts about that. >> reporter: the space needle in seattle today. plenty of tourists, but the eagle family from ft. worth, texas, did have to calm their son's fear before the trip. >> he saw the news, he asked, what that sort of meant for us, would it mean that somebody else was going to try to hurt us? >> reporter: police across the country are on heightened alert. new york mayor michael bloomberg today.
>> the person sitting next to you may be an undercover cop. you never know. >> reporter: but what about the warnings from america's mayor, rudy giuliani? telling diane -- >> in the short-term, i think we have to worry about lots of repercussions from this. >> reporter: and former vice president dick cheney telling jon karl -- >> there's every reason to believe there will be further attacks attempted against the united states. >> reporter: plus the official worldwide alert from the state department, telling overseas travelers about an enhanced potential for anti-american violence. there are no specific credible threats, no heightened alerts at the airports. so, what does that mean for us? should the millions of americans planning summer vacations change their travel plans? >> if you want an excuse that you don't want to go on a vacation with your wife and kids, i suppose you could say, well, we have to worry about terrorism. but there is no rational reason to do anything different. >> reporter: in fact, three homeland security experts we talked with today tell us the immediate threat from al qaeda is no worse than its been in the ten years since 9/11. in fact, we could be safer, because they're scrambling for survival, not planning, allowing
americans to travel as usual, stay vigilant, yet calm, while the military and intelligence services fight the terrorists. >> i think it comes down to four words. privately kill, publicly chill. >> reporter: so, the answer for the eagle family seems to be, if you can afford the gas prices, pack up and go. jim avila, abc news, new york. and, still ahead on "world news," those secret navy s.e.a.l.s, masters of camouflage, able to stay underwater for two minutes without a visible air bubble. inside their training and their world. and you tell us what you think it means to be an american at this moment in history. [ bob ] i'd love to build bird houses for the rest of my life.
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>> reporter: designed to be the best anywhere, doing anything -- whether sea, air or land -- that's what s.e.a.l. stands for. >> it's a self-contained unit that can go any place in the world and literally do nothing but kick ass. >> reporter: a superhero has nothing on these guys. recruits are trained to swim 350 feet underwater with their hands and feet bound. they're taught to survive in arctic conditions, even submerging in freezing water. they also have to endure exposure to tear gas. only men ranging in age of 26 to 33 try out to become one of the 2,500 s.e.a.l.s. training takes two years. 75% don't make it through. even if they do, they need years more experience in the field to even be considered for the elite squad that double-tapped bin laden -- team 6. >> by the time you get to 6, you're going to overcome any weak points you have in the
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